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Strain Detail: ICGN mice

Strain information
Resource No. nbio004
Strain name ICGN
Strain Nomenclature
Common name/Synonyms ICR-derived glomerulonephritis mice
Strain types inbred
Background strain
Institution National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition (NIBIOHN)(formerly, National Institute of Health)
Developer Atsuo Ogura
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Animal Health Report
Strain description Photo of ICGN mice

ICR-derived glomerulonephritis (ICGN) mice, a novel inbred strain of mice with a hereditary nephrotic syndrome, were established in the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID, Tokyo, Japan) and considered a good model of human idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. Recently, we found that the tensin2 gene of the ICGN mouse possessed an 8-nucleotide deletion mutation in exon 18, leading to a frameshift and giving rise to a terminal codon at a premature position (Ref.1).

The ICGN mice develop proteinuria, hypoproteinemia and hyperlipidemia, enemia and severe systemic edema. Conventional histological analyses demonstrated thickened glomerular basement membranes, loss of podocyte foot processes, enlargement of the mesangial area accompanied by cellular proliferation, enlargement of tubules, and tubulointerstitial lesions. This strain would make a contribution to clarify the mechanisms of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome and develop new therapies for nephrotic syndrome (Ref, 2-6).

  1. Cho AR, Uchio-Yamada K, Torigai T, Miyamoto T, Miyoshi I, Matsuda J, Kurosawa T, Kon Y, Asano A, Sasaki N, and Agui T. (2006) Deficiency of the tensin2 gene in the ICGN mouse: an animal model for congenital nephrotic syndrome. Mamm. Genome 17(5):407-16. [PMID:16688531]
  2. Ogura A, Asano T, Matsuda J, Noguchi Y, Yamamoto Y, Takano K, and Nakagawa M. (1989) Development of nephrotic ICGN mice — the origin, reproductive ability, and incidence of glomerulonephritis. Exp. Anim. 38(4):349-352. [PMID:2806394]
  3. Ogura A, Asano T, Matsuda J, Takano K, Nakagawa M, and Fukui M. (1989) Characteristics of mutant mice (ICGN) with spontaneous renal lesions: a new model for human nephrotic syndrome. Lab. Anim. 23(2):169-74. [PMID:2523501]
  4. Ogura A, Asano T, Suzuki O, Yamamoto Y, Noguchi Y, Kawaguchi H, and Yamaguchi Y. (1994) Hereditary nephrotic syndrome with progression to renal failure in a mouse model (ICGN strain): clinical study. Nephron 68(2):239-44. [PMID:7830863]
  5. Ogura A, Fujimura H, Asano T, Koura M, Naito I, and Kobayashi Y. (1995) Early ultrastructural glomerular alterations in neonatal nephrotic mice (ICGN strain). Vet. Pathol. 32(3):321-3. [PMID:7604502]
  6. Uchio K, Manabe N, Tamura K, Miyamoto M, Yamaguchi M, Ogura A, Yamamoto Y, and Miyamoto H. (2000) Decreased matrix metalloproteinase activity in the kidneys of hereditary nephrotic mice (ICGN strain). Nephron 86(2):145-51. [PMID:11014984]
Resource information
Cryopreserved sperm In-house Genotype
From other institutions Genotype
Cryopreserved embryo In-house Mating System
Medium EFS40
From other institutions Mating System
Strain status / Availability Cryopreserved sperm Within 1 month
Cryopreserved embryo Within 1 month
Live animals Approx. 2 months
Gene information
Mutation types spontaneous mutation
Gene symbol Tenc1 (Tensin 2)
Gene name Tensin like C1 domain containing phosphatase
Genotyping information